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Title:Official representations of the nation: comparing the postage stamps of Sudan and Burkina Faso
Author:Kevane, MichaelISNI
Periodical:African Studies Quarterly (ISSN 1093-2658)
Geographic terms:Burkina Faso
Subjects:postage stamps
national identity
External link:http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Kevane-Vol10Issue1.pdf
Abstract:This paper compares the imagery on postage stamps of Sudan and Burkina Faso. It proceeds as follows. After an introductory section, section 2 offers historical background on each country, illustrated by postage stamps. Sections 3 and 4 present the method and results of a categorization and coding of stamps, enabling analysis of how the major themes on postage stamps have evolved over time as regimes succeed each other. Section 5 offers some concluding reflections. An analysis of the imagery on postage stamps in both countries suggests that regimes in Sudan and Burkina Faso have pursued very different strategies in representing the nation. Sudan's stamps focus on the political centre and dominant elite (current regime, Khartoum politicians, and Arab and Islamic identity) while Burkina Faso's stamps focus on society (artists, multiple ethnic groups, and development). Sudan's stamps build an image of the nation as being about the northern-dominated regime in Khartoum (whether military or parliamentary); Burkina Faso's stamps project an image of the nation as multi-ethnic and development-oriented. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]